Air Force to commemorate Wright brothers’ powered flight anniversary in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – A public ceremony to commemorate the 112th anniversary of powered flight will be held at Ohio’s largest military base.

The ceremony is set for Thursday at a memorial to Orville and Wilbur Wright on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. The brothers from Dayton took their first flight off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.

The 88th Air Base Wing commander and members of the Wright brothers’ family will take part in the wreath-laying portion of the ceremony on Wright Memorial Hill. The superintendent of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park also will present a presidential proclamation at the event.

A formation flying demonstration team from MACAIR Aviation in Xenia is scheduled to fly a formation of Piper Warrior aircraft over the memorial to conclude the ceremony. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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